The most sociable raptor
Bucking the lone raptor trend, Harris’ hawks team up to conduct cooperative hunts before sharing the spoils
While most raptors are solitary and prefer to hunt alone, Harris’ hawks are a notable exception to this rule. These intelligent and sociable birds have been described as ‘wolves of the sky’ for their amazing ability to hunt cooperatively, using strategy and teamwork to leave their prey with nowhere to hide.
Each hawk takes on a role suited to its strengths; some rely on incredible vision to spot prey for the group, while the most aerially adept individuals lead the chase. Some hawks excel in flushing prey out of hiding places, while others tactically block holes and nest entrances with their feet. Once the prey has been killed, the hawks continue to be sociable, sharing the meal with their hunting buddies.